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Group D: Australia, Germany, Ghana, Serbia

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Benitez pins failures on 'bad luck'

Rafael Benitez kept ash particles out of the equation but as the dust settled on the long and winding road to Madrid yesterday he reflected on the many acts of God that have made his season one of such fire and tempest.

Ferguson left perplexed by Manchester United's wastefulness

Uncharacteristic inability to keep possession was at heart of defeat in Munich

Chance for Bayern's maverick to shine

The audacious winger made a sparkling start to life in Germany only to fade this season, distracted by the pull of Madrid. Tonight, Franck Ribéry has the perfect stage to remind the world of his worth. Ian Herbert reports

City refuse to pay £25m for Real's Gago

Mancini's frustration at missing two targets eased by closing of Johnson deal

Gudjohnsen joins Tottenham on loan

Tottenham Hotspur have signed former Barcelona and Chelsea forward Eidur Gudjohnsen on loan from Monaco until the end of the season, manager Harry Redknapp said today.

Transfer Talk: Laws makes French forward first signing

Burnley manager Brian Laws has made his first signing at Turf Moor, bringing in striker Frédéric Nimani from Monaco on an initial five-month loan. The France Under-21 international interested three other Premier League sides, but opted for Burnley, with a view to a permanent move. He joins with the Clarets struggling for goals, scoring just three in the last seven league fixtures.

Transfer Talk: Jo departs Toffees for Galatasaray

Everton have confirmed that the loan of Manchester City striker Jo has has been terminated, allowing the Brazilian striker to join Turkish side Galatasaray until the end of the season. "A season-long loan deal for the player had been agreed between Everton and Manchester City in the summer, but this has been cut short," the club said.

Jo joins Galatasaray on loan

Jo has joined Galatasaray on loan from Manchester City until the end of the 2009-10 season, the Turkish club have announced on their official website.

Transfer Talk: Hoops bolster defence with Norwegian Rogne

Celtic have completed the signing of Norway Under-21 international defender Thomas Rogne from Stabaek for an undisclosed fee. The 19-year-old centre-half has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Parkhead side, after training with the first-team over the past few days. The manager Tony Mowbray said: "Thomas is a young player we've watched for a while and we're delighted to bring him to the club."

Neill set for Everton farewell

Lucas Neill is set to play his final Barclays Premier League fixture as Everton meet Manchester City tomorrow, admitting even he is shocked by his departure to Galatasaray.

Transfer Talk: Neill 'surprise' at Galatasaray move

Everton have confirmed the sale of Australian defender Lucas Neill to Galatasaray, for a fee believed to be £750,000. The deal with the Turkish side will see Neill earn more than £2.5m over an 18-month deal.

Galatasaray sign Neill from Everton

Everton defender Lucas Neill is to join Turkish club Galatasaray after this weekend's Premier League fixture against Manchester City.

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